WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
During an indirect laryngoscopy, your caregiver uses a scope to see images of the back of your throat. The scope is inserted through your mouth or nose. It has a camera on its tip that sends the images to a TV-like screen. An indirect laryngoscopy can help find the cause of swallowing problems, pain with swallowing, or a long-term hoarse voice. It can also help identify problems with your vocal cords or reflux (backflow) of stomach contents into your throat. An indirect laryngoscopy helps your caregiver diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan. You might also have procedures or other treatments during an indirect laryngoscopy.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Your voice may sound hoarse after a laryngoscopy. Try to rest your voice. Speak softly, but do not whisper. Keep conversations short. Do not shout.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or specialist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Keep a current list of your medicines: Include the amounts, and when, how, and why you take them. Take the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists. Use vitamins, herbs, or food supplements only as directed.
- Take your medicine as directed: Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not working as expected. Tell him about any medicine allergies, and if you want to quit taking or change your medicine.
Most people can eat and drink as usual after a laryngoscopy. Ask your primary healthcare provider if you are not sure.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- Your pain does not go away or gets worse.
- You still have symptoms such as hoarseness or trouble swallowing 2 to 3 weeks after your procedure.
- You have questions about your procedure, medicine, or care.
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